Effects of Cocaine on Fetus During Pregnancy

The drug is very toxic, both for the baby as well as for the mother’s health. It should never be consumed throughout pregnancy and lactation.

Pregnancy is an act of holding responsibility. This is the first promise you make to a soul that you would guard him in this world. Do not take any toxin, addiction during this phase. This would be breaking your promise towards the innocent one who is counting on you for his protection.

Cocaine Crosses Placental Barrier

Cocaine and its metabolites are very potent and are able to cross the placental barrier. Thereby, the drug enters the baby’s circulatory system, affecting all its organs.

Effects During Early Pregnancy

When taken early during pregnancy, it increases the chances of miscarriages. During these months, the neural tube of the baby is being formed. The drug affects it adversely to cause permanent neural damages.

It may lead to detachment of the placenta from the uterine lining, a condition called abruptio placentae. This condition presents with severe bleeding and, if not arrested, may finally lead to termination of pregnancy.

Effects During Late Pregnancy

When taken late during pregnancy, the drug almost always lead to preterm labors. The baby born is weak and often the birth weight is less.  He may have a smaller head with overall restricted growth of the body.

This is because cocaine reduces the amount of blood oxygen and nutrients the baby receives. The fetus stays deprived and may even die.

The baby may be born dependent on the drug and suffer from withdrawal symptoms. After birth, he may show symptoms such as tremors, localized muscle spasms, feeding difficulties and  restlessness. He may not sleep well and be cranky. He may be irritable, not responsive and it may be difficult to establish a bond with the mother.

As he grows older, he may have difficulty focusing on a subject. Learning disabilities and attention problems soon surface up.

There may be defects in his kidney function, liver or the brain. Reproductive functions are likely to be affected and may show up as he reaches the teens.

Incidence of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) is much more in babies who have indirect consumed the drug through their mother.

Detoxification

It is very difficult to detoxify the baby if the drug has been taken during pregnancy. The drug crosses the placental barrier easily and adversely affects the fetus.

Completely abstain from the drug as early as possible. Also, abstain from alcohol, which holds back the drug in the body.

Drink plenty of water and fresh fruit juices. Avoid all stimulants like tea and coffee.

Fruits and vegetables (stewed and raw) are the best detoxifiers. Consume plenty of them to wash away the toxic effects of the drug.

Medical Advice (Q&As) on “Effects of Cocaine on Pregnancy

  1. Lady123

    I have a friend that is going on 29 weeks pregnant and uses cocaine sometimes heavy sometimes small amounts. If she stops now, will she and the baby test clean at birth?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Worth trying! Leave the drug as early as possible while you are pregnant. The drug has serious side effects. She can still prevent a few of them from occurring.

      Read above in detail.

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      1. lady123

        If she is 29 weeks and she was a habitual heavy user and she stops now & goes through the detox steps, what are the chances she can test clean at birth?

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        1. Buddy M.D. Post author

          She’ll increase her chances if she stops the drug immediately.

          What chances; this is difficult to predict. This would depend upon the precision of the test being performed.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      By cleaning yourself as aggressively as possible.

      Detoxification requires you to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, drink lots of water.

      Abstain from alcohol and limit on all stimulants, like tea and coffee.

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  2. Fancy

    I consumed cocaine about two months ago (.03grams). I have been using regularly on the weekends probably about (1.0g) for about a month prior to my last usage. I weigh about 106lbs with a very high metabolism. I found out I was carrying baby, so I stop my consumption. Now I have an upcoming drug screen done by testing hair follicles. I’m uncertain on what to do and I would like to pass in order to keep my job. Please help I’m nervous as hell.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You and your unborn baby are one system. You need to clean yourself to clean the baby.

      If it was a one time use of the drug, it will take 3 to 5 days for it to be out from urine, a bit longer (7 to 10 days) to be out of blood.

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      1. Anonymous

        What about 32 weeks pregnant ? Used cocaine on June 28th great amount I’m due for a c section August 31st . Will my baby be clean?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      The drug affects the developing brain adversely. It may cause mental problems in the baby.

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  3. Jay

    I am about 8 months pregnant and I have been doing cocaine but I’m stopping at up today will it still show up in my system and the baby systemaround the time I have my baby

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  4. Key

    I found out I was with child at three months the fear and happiness because I’m homeless and with no job also the Father turned his back on me I continued to use. I’m now going on six months and I’m afraid my baby will be addicted to crack cocaine. Will she?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Yes, if the baby is exposed to the drug again and again, there are chances that she’ll be addicted.

      You need to leave the drug at once for ever and cleanse your body thoroughly for the baby to come.

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  5. Janelle

    I’m about 18 weeks pregnant. I stopped using cocaine when I found out I was pregnant in May. I just did a recent urine drug test 7/27/17 and it was still positive for cocaine two months later. It was lower a lower result but how is this possible?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      For those who have been taking the drug on a regular basis, it may take around 3 months to be clean again.

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  6. Shae

    Hi buddy MD. I had questions today for you if you don’t mind answering. My first question is. If I’m 5 weeks and 4 days pregnant and did crack cocaine how much harm have I done to my baby? Also, I seeing if I stopped as of August 2 “today” can I prevent and mental disabilities and formalities. Please I need help and answers. Maybe doesn’t deserve that no child actually. Yes , I’m going to detox my self my drinking plenty water eating lots of green veggies and fruit. No more coffee, tea cigarettes, alcohol and most importantly crack cocaine from this point on. I’m disappointed in myself but hopefully theres still hope!
    Thank you,
    Buddy M.D.
    P.s. I’m scared to tell my Obs so that’s why I came to you first.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You may have damaged the little one!

      However, there’s still hope. The baby may recover. Keep yourself as clean as possible.

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  7. Mel

    I just found out today that I am 2-3 weeks pregnant. I consumed cocaine about 2 weeks ago but haven’t done anything since.
    Will this affect my baby!
    I am not a regular drug consumer & I’m scared that one night of party will affected my baby!

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Detoxify yourself to the best you can to minimize cocaine’s effects. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink adequate amounts of water. Limit to tea, coffee. Abstain from alcohol.

      All these steps would detoxify your blood and hence the baby. Your baby is likely to be safe.

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  8. Doni

    Hai doc, i’m 37 weeks pregnant. On Week 36 i Used coke for 8 days in à Row.. Haven’t used iT for 7 days now. Today i had à test.. I’ve drank tons of water during this week. And had healthy food.. Is iT possible to pass THE test? I won’t Use iT anymore but don’t want Any problems either.. Thanks!

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    1. Doni

      Note* i am still very active. Don’t drink coffee or alcohol and Didnt used Any other drugs. Before the 8 days of Use i havent done Anything at all. Been clean for 15 months prior

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  9. Doni

    Hi doc,

    Yesterday I’ve heard that something in the lab went wrong with the urine sample I gave them. Is that even possible? Now I gave them a new one to test. Haven’t used so I would be on the 11th day after last use. Still drank tons of water. Are my chances of passing better then last Friday? I really hope everything is gonna be OK. It was just a stupid mistake. Oh and Is my baby addicted now after 8 days use? If so, I must be the stupidest person on this planet. I’m due on the 26th this month.

    Thanks again!

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Your chances of being clear are definitely better than Friday.

      Your baby eats all that you take. So, he’s likely to be affected. Keep yourself clean though out pregnancy and lactation. This would be good for you and the baby.

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  10. Doni

    I understand..

    What if they check the baby’s urine after labor.

    What are the chances Anything will come up?
    Anything i can do to speed up that proces?

    I Will keep drinking water, eat fresh fruits and vegetables but Anything more i can do? I’m to affraid they Will take my baby away from me..

    I know i had to think About that earlier. But now the Harm is already done, What can i do?

    Sorry for asking this much and thanks for awnsering

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Well, just follow all cleansing steps that you’ve planned too. That’s all that can be done.

      Baby’s urine is likely to be clean. The drug may show up in your blood.

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  11. Doni

    Thank You very much.

    I Will keep cleansing myself.. I’ve learned my lesson. Been stressed all week. I Will hear if i passed today or Tomorrow. I just hope everything is ok. The relapse wasnt worth the stress at all.

    Thanks again! U’ve helped me a lot.

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  12. Janea

    I found out that I was pregnant on 9/11/17and before my positive test, I had done cocaine on 9/2/17. I’m nervous that it affected the baby and I am nervous to tell my doctor. What are your thoughts?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Was this a one time use? If yes, your baby is likely to be very less affected. Just keep yourself and your baby clean throughout to avoid all complications.

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      1. Janea

        I might of done it one more time prior to that but no more than that. But I have been clean ever since I found out I was pregnant. No drugs, no alcohol, and no cigarettes. Been drinking lots of water and eating healthy. Also been walking every day.

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  13. Doni

    Hi doc,

    So my test came back negative a week ago and Today i gave birth to à beautiful babygirl..

    They took Some urine from the baby to test it at he lab. Still cleansed myself the past days. I havent used for 25days now..

    I’m a bit stressed if the babies urine is drugfree as im not allowed to go home until the test results come back.

    As i Saïd Before i only used for 8 days in my whole pregnancy.
    What do u think? Will they Find Anything in her urine?

    Thnx again!

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      She’s likely to be clean.

      Stay away from this toxin throughout lactation phase. It’s important. Wishing you health.

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  14. Vicky

    HI doc. Im 17 weeks pregnant. I’ve taken cocaine 3 times on separate occasions from being 12 weeks pregnant and I know I was so stupid 🙁 the last time I did it was last night, and I took quite a lot. I hurried for a reassurance scan and they checked everything was fine baby baby is well all development was spot on. I will never ever do it again I’ve learned my lesson. If I don’t take anything from now and drink plenty of water and eat fruit and veg will my baby be okay when he arrives?

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  15. Vicky

    Thank you, do you think my baby will be okay if I don’t take from now till then? I’ve learned from my mistake. On the last scan 3 days ago midwife said he looked fine x

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      This drug is a poison, and your baby has been harmed. However, the effect is likely to be insignificant. Take fresh fruits and vegetables throughout pregnancy to help your baby detoxify the effects.

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  16. Becky

    Hi I’m wondering if you could help me with my conception dates. I’ve been with my partner for 3 years. I remember my last period being on the 18th May 2017. When I found out I was pregnant they did me an early ultrasound scan on the 12th July at 6 weeks pregnant. I have irregular periods and a 35 day cycle but from what they are going off my last period was on the 2nd June which I know isn’t right and I’m due on the 9th March 2018. The reason I’m needing help is because I slept with another person on the 3rd of July and I can’t go through this pregnancy if it’s anything to do with him please help me. I had my 12 week scan on 25th August if that helps too.. I’m just so worried as I can’t enjoy my pregnancy yet..

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    1. Becky

      Also on the 6 week scan it showed a yolk sac, (12.7.17) so is that anything to do with what I did with the man on the 3.7.17

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      1. Buddy M.D. Post author

        No, unlikely.

        When you have a fertilized egg implanted in the uterus, body doesn’t allow any other further implantations till it completes pregnancy with the first implanted egg.

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    2. Buddy M.D. Post author

      “early ultrasound scan on the 12th July at 6 weeks pregnant”, you say. If so, 3rd July intercourse has nothing to do with your present pregnancy.

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  17. Nancy

    I’m 30 weeks pregnant I used coke sometimes on the weekends if I stop now will my baby come out with withdraws will the baby be clean

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